10 people arrested in LSU hazing incident, court documents detail alleged abuse

Annette Crawford
October 12, 2017

He posted a $10,000 bond on Wednesday, according to Sheriff's Office records.

Gruver kicked the bucket at a Baton Rouge clinic on September 14 after Phi Delta Theta individuals discovered him lying on a sofa at the clique house and couldn't tell on the off chance that he was breathing, police said. "This action effectively severs ties with those alleged to be involved", the press release said. Around 11 a.m., individuals discovered Gruver still on the lounge chair with a frail heartbeat, police said. Gott and Forde are no longer enrolled at LSU, Ballard said.

"Today's arrests underscore that the ramifications of hazing can be devastating".

"Maxwell Gruver's family will mourn his loss for the rest of their lives, and several other students are now facing serious consequences - all due to a series of poor decisions", Alexander added.

"We are all in this together".

As part of LSU's review of the culture and environment present on campus, LSU President F. King Alexander formed the President's Task Force on Greek Life.


East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Beau Clark ruled the death an accident, concluding that Gruver died of acute alcohol intoxication, with aspiration: He had inhaled vomit and other fluid into his lungs.

According to Dr. Clark, "toxicology testing has indicated that Mr. Gruver's alcohol level was.495 at his time of death". Additional results can not be released during an ongoing investigation.

All the suspects were associated with Phi Delta Theta; one left school after Gruver's death, and eight are still active students, university spokesman Ernie Ballard said.

Witnesses said one of the hazers, Matthew Naquin, targeted Gruver for his tardiness and forced him to drink more than the others, resulting in Naquin being charged with negligent homicide as well as hazing. Those men arrested on misdemeanor hazing counts are: Sean-Paul Gott, 21, of 105 Portage Court, Lafayette; Ryan Isto, 18, of 1511 Fairmount St., Baton Rouge; Patrick Forde, 20, of 65 Sycamore Drive, Westwood, Massachusetts; Nicholas Taulli, 19, of 15926 Cypress Hall Drive, Cypress, Texas; Kirkpatrick, 19, of 5235 North Chalet Court, Baton Rouge; Sean Pennison, 21, of 1410 Montmarte St., Mandeville, Louisiana; Elliott Eaton, 20, of 5600 Lacour Monique, New Orleans; Hall, 21, of 2017 Greenway Ave., Charlotte, North Carolina; and Zachary Castillo, 19, of 844 Glencove Lane, Terrytown.

The maximum sentence for a hazing conviction is 30 days in jail, while negligent homicide is punishable by up to 5 years in prison, according to Moore. All students must be expelled from the University, and not allowed to return during the term in which the violation occurred.

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